If so, why not to use S.M.A.R.T with smartd and smartctl?
I think you will like them (loock on freshmeat for the link).
On 16 Sep 2002, Xavier Bestel wrote:
> Date: 16 Sep 2002 16:14:54 +0200
> From: Xavier Bestel <email@example.com>
> To: Mark Veltzer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Cc: Linux Kernel Mailing List <email@example.com>
> Subject: Re: Hi is this critical??
> Le lun 16/09/2002 à 16:16, Mark Veltzer a écrit :
> > 2. The user who posted the question is under no circumstances a "looser"
> > (mind the oo instead of the u...). His question is very valid and the fact
> > that he read dmesg puts him way past any standard computer user.
> Well, actually I didn't want to depict *him* as a looser. I was talking
> about me :) I've already been confronted with message from the IDE
> drivers (and that's when I see them. I'm not always at the console or
> reading syslog) and I never remember if they are critical or harmless. I
> have to either dig through lkml archives to find what they mean, or ask
> lkml what do they mean (to the luser I am).
> IDE error/status message aren't visible enough. I'd like to know when my
> drive is near failing, without looking at syslog.
> Xav - luser
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